Sint-Pieters-abdij, Ghent

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Saint Bavo's Abbey is a former abbey in the currently Belgian city of Ghent. It was founded in the 7th century by Saint Amand, who also founded Saint Peter's Abbey, Ghent, near the confluence of the Leie and Scheldt rivers. Originally, the abbey was also called Ganda, a name of Celtic origin, meaning "river mouth", referring to the Leie river debouching into the Scheldt river.
In the 9th century, the abbey was raided twice by Vikings, which made the monks flee to Laon. After an absence of nearly 50 years, they came back to Ghent and re-established the abbey. The German emperor Otto II saw the abbey as a strategical defense point on the Scheldt river in his eternal conflict with Louis V of France.
John of Gaunt, the fourth son of Edward III of England, was born in the abbey in 1340.
In 1540 Charles V ordered the destruction of the abbey. A coercion castle, with its cannons directed at Ghent, was built on the location of the abbey.
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  • The building itself is beautiful and fascinating. But the best was the Alison tour. I thoroughly enjoyed it. They’ve created a short film as a way to show you all over the abbey, behind where most... 
    The building itself is beautiful and fascinating. But the best was the Alison tour. I thoroughly enjoyed it. They’ve created a short film as a way to show you all over the abbey, behind where most...  more »
  • We took the audio guide, it was super long and not vert interesting. We were expecting more historical's facts we are disapointed... Still the tour was nice and we had a vert nice view in the church.....  more
    We took the audio guide, it was super long and not vert interesting. We were expecting more historical's facts we are disapointed... Still the tour was nice and we had a vert nice view in the church.....  more »
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  • This is not as famous as the Cathedral but still a very beautiful place to visit! I would recommend this place if you are in Ghent. There are not many visitors so it is very quiet and calm.
  • Breath-taking do amazing ale the ditails, must see , regards

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